HIGH NOTES AVANTE inspires, gives hope and connects those touched by mental illness through artistic expression.

We are proud to have been awarded “Best Creative Innovation” at Richmond Hill’s Economic Development Committee’s 7th Creative symposium. Please CLICK HERE to watch the short video with our Artistic & Executive Director, Ingrid Taheri, speaking about our charity.

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Music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illnessOur ‘image raising’ events feature world class performances and speakers, and showcase the lives and talents of artists and personalities who are living good lives despite having an existing or past mental health challenge. We aim to erase stigma, educate, create community and save lives by encouraging others to reach out and also share their stories.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. If 1 in 5 people are affected and we all know someone who suffers, we should show the same compassion and respect for those affected by mental illness as for those affected by physical illness. Our events are therapeutic for those affected and an eye opener for the community at large. We invite you to get involved because WE ALL HAVE A (mental health) STORY

“Your kindness and empathy vis-à-vis our collective mental health struggles is unsurpassed.”

- Grammy Awarded Singer/Songwriter Dan Hill

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November 15, 2018 Hear violinist Stephen Sitarski in an intimate concert at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill where he also shares in words about his mental health struggles!

November 20, 2018 Join us at the Heintzman House in Thornhill to learn from Miya Adout about the benefits of music therapy, specifically in regards to mental health challenges. Also a special performance by Priyana premiering songs from her upcoming EP on the subject.

January 31, 2019 Frank Horvat will perform music from his CD ‘You Haven’t Been’ and share mental health challenge experiences with our audience at COSMO Music

April 4, 2019 Dan Hill will headline this mini gala performance at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts.


We are presenting these concerts/events thanks to small municipal grants from the Town of Richmond Hill and the City of Markham. Please consider supporting us with a donation as well.